After 16 years as a coach and administrator at Gettysburg, David Wright assumed the role of Director of Athletics on June 1, 2002. Since that time, the Bullet athletic program has reached new heights in its athletic tradition, including the construction of The John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness which opened its doors in the fall of 2009. Wright was promoted to an Assistant Vice President in 2011.
At Gettysburg, Wright provides leadership and mentoring on the Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Greek Life Evaluation Team, the Campus Safety Committee, Brand and Marketing, and the Title IX and Clery Compliance Task Force. He also chairs committees pertaining to retention and student leadership development along with serving on the enrollment management committee. Currently he teaches in the first-year seminar program at Gettysburg. His professional affiliations include former chair of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men’s Soccer Rankings Committee, and membership in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) as well as The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP).
Wright is a 1982 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland with a master’s degree from Brigham Young University. He was a first-team All-America soccer player at SUNY Cortland and, in 1981, was a Senior Bowl participant and nominated for the Hermann Trophy, given to the nation’s top soccer player. He will be inducted into the SUNY Cortland Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2015.
Wright graduated from The George Washington University in May, 2013 with an Ed.D. degree in Higher Education Administration and wrote a dissertation on student leadership development at liberal arts colleges.